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Paul Laris and Fran Baum

About Paul Laris and Fran Baum

Paul Laris is a semi-retired health and human services policy tragic, health care users advocate, medical regulator, community activist, gardener and sailor.

Universities at the crossroads – will town trump gown?

University mergers proposed for SA may be the wrong answer to the wrong question. We have let universities become captured by commercial interests and corporate culture. Now Covid has wrecked their business model. It is time to reclaim them for … Continue reading

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For whom the bell polls in South Australia.

At the half way point in a four year term the SA Marshall Liberal government is surprisingly looking a little lost – and it’s pretty much all their own work.

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Marshall’s SA Government – Just like a duck

Moderate Marshall is calm on the surface – but paddling like mad underneath…

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Marshall’s SA Government – just like a duck

Moderate Marshall is calm on the surface – but paddling like mad underneath…

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Death of the critical friend in South Australia

Organisations advocating on behalf of those who otherwise have little say in the decisions which effect their lives can be seen as critical friends of government. They appear to be a threatened species – and we should be alarmed.

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PAUL LARIS. Making a virtue out of a renewables neccessity

How a transition to renewable power in SA also transited a change of government.

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PAUL LARIS. SA’s Planning Code – Consistency, democracy, or centralised chaos?

 The SA government’s attempts to streamline and centralise urban planning are shaping up as an electoral liability and may also fail to address the problems of urban infill development.

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